Simulation Training for Crisis Management

Communications Under Pressure

Learning how to stay calm, to communicate and think on your feet when a crisis happens can save your organisation’s reputation, your own reputation and thousands even millions of Euro. Ocarina have a team of highly trained, seasoned journalists and communications strategists who can put you and your team through their paces and give them a real time experience of managing themselves and the flow of information during difficult and challenging times.

We have experience with both private and public sector clients. All work is carried out in a collaborative and confidential manner so that participants can learn from their experiences in a safe but realistic simulation.

Individual Attention

We specialise in working with individuals in senior management roles who are preparing to pitch an idea, address a conference or a board meeting with confidence making sure that all their key points are covered. Managing the internal dialogue that goes on before, during and after an event will turn your next speaking engagement into an enjoyable experience and make you ready and enthusiastic for the next one.

Call us to discuss your particular media scenarios and needs.

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The Irish Hospice Foundation

Ocarina have worked extensively with the Irish Hospice Foundation to develop both internal training videos and a range of awareness-raising campaigns including:

These videos give an insight into how the foundation is changing the journey to the end of life and improving the provision of bereavement care for patients and families in Ireland.

Promotional Video

This short video shows some of the ways that the Irish Hospice Foundation is helping patients and families at end of life. It also shows some of the innovative ways that people raise funds for the work of the foundation.

Hard to Say – Communications Training DVD

Working closely with the medical advisers, Ocarina produced two new communications training scenarios for the training programme. These are designed to assist medical and nursing staff working with patients and families in difficult circumstances and particularly where they have the job of communicating news that can be Hard to Say.

This DVD is now an important training tool used in medical education in Ireland and in the UK. It is available from the Irish Hospice Foundation.

Hospice Friendly Hospitals Programme: Journeys To The End of Life

Ocarina in 2009 completed a major awareness raising DVD, ‘Journeys To The End Of Life’, for the Irish Hospice Foundation’s Hospice Friendly Hospitals Programme, which aims to improve the experience of patients in palliative care.

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Introduced by Gabriel Byrne, seven sections in the DVD explore many aspects of end of life care in Ireland. The video below is an extract from one part and was filmed in Beaumont Hospital with the cooperation of staff.

Contributors to the full DVD included Seamus Heaney, Gabriel Byrne, the staff of Cork University Hospital, Beaumont Hospital Dublin, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda and Wexford General Hospital. The staff of the Irish Hospice Foundation’s Hospice Friendly Hospitals Programme, Mel Bates of ICGP, Macartan Hughes National Ambulance Service College and Brian Power, Pre Hospital Emergency Care Council also made valuable contributions.

There are also a number of short, awareness-raising videos produced as part of this Hospice Friendly Hospitals programme:

‘What’s Your Name?’ Negotiating the System

‘What’s Your Name?’ is a dramatised day in a patient’s journey through the hospital system, starring actor Peadar Lamb and real members of staff at the hospital.

Bereavement Support Service

This video promotes the training courses and support provided by the Irish Hospice Foundation for organisations and individuals.

Nurses for Night Care

This short video highlights the free Nurses for Night Care service provided by the Irish Hospice Foundation:

Hospice Home Care for Children

This video highlights the service provided by the Irish Hospice Foundation for the families of children with life limiting conditions:

Professional Development

Professional Development are a terrific training company based in Dublin that provide high quality, certified training all over the country.

Ocarina worked with Professional Development to create a series of short videos with real employees explaining how their training services are different and what each course entails:

On-Site Training:
Sales Training:
Managing People:
Training Needs Identification & Design:
Coaching Models of Practice:

Rather than using a list of course details, these videos are an effective way of communicating their unique selling points while putting a friendly, yet professional face on their business.


This is a video created by Ocarina for the Piper Automatic Milk Sampler. This video clearly and quickly communicates the relevance, benefits and cost-savings of this product for Piper’s target customers.

This video was recorded in the IMI Sandyford at Ocarina’s popup studio [link to blog article about pop-up studio].

Dun Laoghaire Chamber of Commerce

Ocarina have produced short testimonial videos for the Dun Laoghaire Chamber of Commerce, as well as capturing important corporate events like An Taoiseach, Ebda Kenny’s visit to the Chamber.

In this video, An Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s message for the Dun Laoghaire Chamber members is to make use of the new LEO offices and to roll up their sleeves, as we Irish are unstoppable when we work together towards common objectives.

This is a testimonial video we did for the Dun Laoghaire Chamber where several members the benefits that membership brings, including peer support and business networking. It is a great example of testimonials in action.


BizWorld is an educational programme created by business people and educators which encourages children to learn about entrepreneurship and enterprise.

Here is a short video we made in 2014 for BizWorld’s Responsible Innovative Social Entrepreneur Awards.

The video features Bizfactor participants at the grand final in Dublin in May 2014 featuring the finalist schools:

  • Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal NS Inchicore with their The 50 Cent Tray
  • St Gabriels NS, Stoneybatter with Old School Games
  • Griffith Barracks Multi Denominational NS with The Health Pack
  • Gaelscoil Ui Fhíaích, Maynooth with Multi-Swap
  • Scoil Eoin Phoil, Leixlip with Leixlip Latest App
  • St. Joseph’s NS, Kinvara, Galway with SG Inc. Sensory Garden for children with special needs.